Boko Haram Picked Wrong Fight With Wrong Enemy, Army Chief Says

Boko HaramThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Saturday reassured Nigerians that the army will take every necessary step to restore normalcy across the northeast.

He says the Boko Haram militants that have in the last seven years pushed for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region ‘picked the wrong fight against the wrong enemy’.

The COAS gave the assurance in Goneri and Buniyadi, two prominent frontline locations the Nigerian Army is currently prosecuting the Boko Haram war in Yobe State.

Represented by the head of Logistics of the military headquarters, Major General Pat Akim, the Buratai said the army would work hard to defeat those undermining the nation’s security.

The highest military hierarchy had deplored very senior officers to celebrate the Christmas with troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, with the aim of giving them a sense of belonging while at the battle field.

Nowhere To Hide

The Chief of Army Staff, who tasked officers and men within the theater of the operation on putting an end to every form of terrorism in the region, also praised the soldiers for their gallantry, stressing that although the war is being won, they must stand firm in the fight until the militants are completely defeated.

“We are proud of you for sacrificing your sleep, leisure and working under the sun and in the rain to ensure that those undermining the nation’s security are taught lessons that will serve as deterrent to others.

“Let me seize this opportunity to call on Nigerians to appreciate the role being played by these gallant officers and men who are putting in their best by ensuring peace is maintained across the country so that their labours will never be in vain.

“We are sad that you are spending Christmas in trenches, that is why we are leaving the comfort of our homes to share with you this moments and I can assure you that everything will be done possible to ensure your welfares and logistics needs are taken care of.

“Don’t retreat and don’t give room for any laxity that you are winning the war despite the successes,” Buratai stressed

He assuresd them that more troops would be deployed to increase the manpower needs of the military formations across the theater of war.

The Army Chief’s statement came on the same day Nigeria’s presidency announced that the last Boko Haram Sambisa Forest bulwark had been cleared by troops fighting the terrorists.

President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the sect members have nowhere to hide and would be pursued until they were brought to justice.

Cameroonian Troops Kill 100 Suspected Terrorists, Rescue Hostages

CameroonReport indicates that 100 members of the Boko Haram sect have been killed in Cameroon, with 900 people it had held hostage rescued by the country’s military.

According to the AFP, Cameroon army’s spokesman, Colonel Didier Badjeck, said troops had conducted a sweep operation between November 26 and 28 along Cameroon’s long border with Nigeria.

He said large supplies of arms and munitions as well as black-and-white Islamic State flags were seized in the operations.

The Nigerian military has however not confirmed the incident.

Cameroon has contributed troops to the 8,700-strong regional Multi-National Joint Task Force also comprising troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin Republic with the goal of destroying Boko Haram, which has carried out a campaign of violence in the region.

The group, seeking to establish an Islamic state and end Western education in region,  had in March 2015 pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.

Lake Chad Basin Commission To Meet In Paris

G-7The Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic will hold a summit on December 2 in Paris that will focus on the war against Boko Haram and other security issues of common interest to participating countries.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will be attending the meeting.

According to a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, the summit would be held on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

The Nigerian President had in September met with French President Francois Hollande and both leaders held bilateral talks that focused on Boko Haram, strengthening and consolidation of defence, security, trade and investment.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed and the National Security Adviser, Major Geneneral Babagana Monguno (rtd.).

The meeting in France is coming weeks after attacks in Paris, which the Islamic State said it carried out, left 130 persons dead.

In Nigeria, suicide bombers suspected to members of the Boko Haram sect also carried out two different attacks in Kano and Yola. At least 40 persons died in both attacks.

Troops from the member countries of the commission and those from Benin Republic are collaborating on counter-terrorism operations in the region to end the activities of the Boko Haram.

For more than six years, the region has seen attacks by members of the terrorist group and over 1.6 million persons have been displaced form the region, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Islamic group are striving to establish an Islamic State and put an end to Western education in the region.

The group had in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

 

El-Rufai Threatens To Arrest Parents Whose Children Are Out Of School

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed to arrest parents who refuse to send their children to school. He also threatened to sanction any religious leader that preaches against western education.

Speaking during a town hall meeting with the people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai noted that the north was educationally backward, because most parents had refused to allow their children to go to school and acquire western education.

The Governor stated that, with the measures being put in place by his administration to provide free tuition fees, free meals, free uniforms and qualitative infrastructure in public schools, parents have no excuse not to educate their children.

Governor El-Rufai also announced plans by his administration to build 225 primary health centres, 23 hospitals and six general hospitals across the state.

He further said that the security situation in the state had improved in the last four months due to the collaborative efforts of the state government and security agencies.

In separate interviews, however, the Leader of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Adamu Ango and that of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Audu Amba, appealed to the Governor to clear the over four months salary being owed primary school teachers and other civil servants, who are yet to be paid after their verification.

They also assured their unflinching support to the government and asked for similar treatment for their members.